Augmented Reality for Older adults
The older population is growing rapidly worldwide. Technology may offer available benefits for the older population in keeping their independence and connection to society. However, many older adults have difficulties in adopting, learning and using new technologies. This could lead to an increase in the digital divides and has a social and economic importance.
In our study, we investigate how older adults interact and use augmented reality (AR) technology, by conducting a controlled user study in which we compared how older adults and younger participants interacted with a dedicated AR interface. We compared the use of older and younger participants in a scheduling task when using both AR application and regular technological application.Our aim is to understand how to design better AR interfaces that would suit older adults’ needs and abilities.
Results indicate that although younger adults presented shorter time compared to the older adults in task performance, older adults commented about a better user experience compared to the young participants in using the AR application and also felt a better user interface in AR application than in the Non AR application. The older participants expressed appreciation and satisfaction from the AR experience. we conclude that AR technology has great potential for older adults assuming that the devices would be designed in a way that meet the needs of older adults.